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Benkay Japanese Restaurant

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2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
207-773-5555
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 98
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lobster sushi

Visited Benkay at the end of a very long day of driving and had a good experience. We had a delicious appetizer from the special menu that had some little deep fried whitefish, tuna Tartar, and a caprese of tofu, salmon and tomatoes. Then we tried a few different rolls that incorporated Maine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
Theresa C
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Allendale, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
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Portland, ME
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32 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I have been here twice and not likely to return. I don't say that because of a bad experience, but there are just too many sushi restaurants that are BETTER. The service here is fair. The food ok. Go elsewhere for great food and service.

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Allendale, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Visited Benkay at the end of a very long day of driving and had a good experience. We had a delicious appetizer from the special menu that had some little deep fried whitefish, tuna Tartar, and a caprese of tofu, salmon and tomatoes. Then we tried a few different rolls that incorporated Maine lobster and crab.... all delicious and not... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Their lunch sets are much more reasonably priced than the dinner sets and include a good range of rolls and sushi pieces. I usually order their signature "Benkay" roll as well, it's a tempura fried tuna roll with melted wasabi drizzled on top and it's awesome, also very filling. Lovely staff, I shall return.

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The location is great right in downtown Portland across for the Nova Scotia Dock. The rest had a parking lot and that was great. Our service was really good and they were very friendly. Our food was very good. We had a few of there signature rolls and they were so good. My only complaint was I felt is was... More 

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boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Lunch box special excellent. Everything was so fresh--vegetable tempura: light and tasty. Grilled shrimp-beautifully seasoned (perhaps a little bit tough?). Sushi- generous portion:flavors well balanced. Pork dumplings-lightly spiced, full of pork. Miso soup-a delight: delicately salty.

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Benkay has been on my long list of restaurants to try...I finally got the chance on the Fourth of July with my oldest son, who was visiting from out of state. First of all, Benkay is located right on the waterfront very near to where the Nova Star docks...it was in port about to sail for Nova Scotia...a beautiful sight.... More 

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Bath, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Ando and staff make you feel right at home. The staff are attentive and friendly. The food here is always stellar. The atmosphere is quiet, but fun, and the disco sushi, is a crazy fun time. Benkay always delivers. Whatever we order, we are never disappointed. As someone who does NOT like fish or seafood, to find that I actually... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I used to love this place for sushi and thought it was the best in town. However, prices have climbed and portions have decreased. Recent visit left me very light in the wallet for little worth crowing about. Huge price jump for same meals after lunch period. Not worth the stop.

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This restaurant is small, but tables are well distributed, service is very professional and friendly, food selection is adequate for every taste, and Thursday to Saturday nights, it turns into a quick sushi-bar that offers low-priced sushi roll combos and drinks. Great place to meet with friends and family.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

The hotel staff raved about the sushi here, so I jumped in for 2 rolls. I'm not sure what the hype is about. The staff was friendly, and the 2 rolls were good, but it's nothing to rave about. The atmosphere is warm, cozy, and definitely inviting. Sushi was fresh, but the food was nothing over the top. Just a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-773-5555

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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